Luis Figo to run against Blatter


Portuguese soccer legend Luis Figo has made the shock decision to stand for the FIFA presidency after claiming he has become concerned by the image of the World governing body, the BBC reports. 78 year old Sepp Blatter was expected to stand almost unopposed in this years election in a bid to win a fifth term as the president of FIFA, the field for the role is now becoming crowded as more and more candidates declare their intent before Thursday’s election deadline.

Figo, who played for Barcelona and Real Madrid in a glittering playing career is the best known candidate, alongside former French star David Ginola who announced his candidacy a few days earlier in a move many saw as a publicity stunt for an Irish bookmaker. Figo is perhaps the biggest challenger to Blatter, who has already seen a large group of African nations pledge their support for his candidacy stated Lee Slaughter. Figo claims the main reason for his candidacy is the failure of FIFA to publish the full Garcia report into alleged corruption during the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. ALL candidates must complete their registration by Thursday Jan 29 and complete an anti corruption test before being allowed to begin official campaigning. Blatter has been President of FIFA since 1998 and went back on an earlier promise to retire at the end of his fourth term in office in 2014.

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